Today in disaster resilience (4 November 2016)

Please find below some links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news this week…

Current emergencies/disasters

Italy quake: Norcia tremor destroys ancient buildings http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37814975

Italy quake: Aerial footage of devastation http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37817721?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Oct 2016: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59726/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Oct-2016-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Colima-Shiveluch-Dukono-Turrialba.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59736/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Oct-2016-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Turria.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Nov 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59754/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Nov-2016-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Colima-Shiveluch-Dukono-Turrialba-Sinabu.html

State of emergency declared for Alabama after Colonial pipeline incident http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pipeline-blast-alabama-emergency-idUSKBN12W4VP?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5819095b04d3013cd732a920&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Nov 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59764/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-Nov-2016-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Colima-Shiveluch-Dukono-Turrialba-.html

Vietnam – Further Flooding in Central Provinces Leaves 2 Dead and Thousands of Homes Damaged http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-ha-tinh-quang-tri-quang-binh-flood-november-2016

Disaster risk reduction

Some years when flooding is bad, the water goes up to more than one metre https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/a-glimpse-of-climate-change-in-senegal

Prone to Earthquakes and Volcano Eruptions, Should Italy Prepare for ‘The Big One’? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/30/prone-to-earthquakes-and-volcano-eruptions-should-italy-prepare-for-the-big-one.html

Why Italy faces constant threat of earthquakes http://news.sky.com/story/why-italy-faces-constant-threat-of-earthquakes-10638394

What measures can be taken to reduce the mortality from future hazardous events, including disasters? http://disasterdoc.org/how-do-people-die-in-disasters/

Why have fires gotten larger in recent decades? http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/10/29/why-have-fires-gotten-larger-in-recent-decades/

Opening up a world of data for resilience: A global effort to help access and use countries’ disaster risk information http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/opening-world-data-resilience-global-effort-help-access-and-use-countries-disaster-risk-information

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/oct/29/floating-homes-architecture-build-water-overcrowding-cities-unaffordable-housing

The Excess Heat Factor as a metric for heat-related fatalities: defining heatwave risk categories https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-04-13

Sandy’s Lessons Lost: Jersey Shore Rebuilds in Sea’s Inevitable Path https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25102016/hurricane-sandy-new-jersey-shore-rebuild-climate-change-rising-sea-chris-christie

Seismic Rift: Vancouver is vulnerable http://theprovince.com/feature/b-c-earthquake-threatens-vancouver-buildings?platform=hootsuite

How Can We Finance the Resilient Cities of the Future? http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/10/11/how-can-we-finance-the-resilient-cities-of-the-future

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37797559

A new, independent report will help people better protect their homes and businesses from risk of flooding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-gives-property-owners-better-protection-from-flooding

NOAA Research grants support continued tornado research in the Southeast http://research.noaa.gov/News/NewsArchive/LatestNews/TabId/684/ArtMID/1768/ArticleID/11947/NOAA-Research-grants-support-continued-tornado-research-in-the-Southeast.aspx

Seismic risks remain after Italian quakes http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37839612

The global annual average loss from flooding over the last decade has been $48bn http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/comment/deep-water-horizon-wbef/#.WBh_kMJlkdA.twitter

Measures that householders and businesses can install to protect their premises from the worst effects of flooding https://21stcenturychallenges.org/2016/10/28/keeping-floods-at-bay-property-level-protection/

Young people between 18 and 24 are leaving themselves vulnerable to the devastating effects of flooding http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/young-people-most-at-risk-of-devastation-caused-by-flooding-new-survey-shows/story-29857355-detail/story.html

Future flood prevention in the UK http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenvfru/115/115.pdf

Risk experts: Candidates not focusing on biggest threats https://apnews.com/2ffebf4cc62e4fc48a8fddfd110c975b/Risk-experts:-Candidates-not-focusing-on-biggest-threats

Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/associations/barely-passable-grade-flood-preparedness-demands-immediate-action-report-1004102613/

Reduce flood risk through rewilding, says new report http://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/magazine/rewilding-flooding-report

Social and Political Dynamics of Flood Risk, Recovery and Response http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/schoolofgeography/winterfloods/documents/Butler_et_al_2016_Socia_Political_DynamicsFloods.pdf

Prescribed burning operational risk framework http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/prescribed-burning-operational-risk-framework

National Position on Prescribed Burning http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/national-position-on-prescribed-burning

Transforming the relationship between development and disaster risk: Insights from a year of research https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3041&utm_content=buffer87bf0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Newcastle University expert sets out new approach to flood management http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2016/11/floodingreport/

Italian Earthquakes Are Part of a Sequence http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04d8k62

Chart: 25 Years of Growth in The World’s Largest Cities http://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/chart-25-years-growth-worlds-largest-cities?CID=ECR_TT_worldbank_EN_EXT

Lloyd’s City Risk Index http://www.lloyds.com/cityriskindex/

Emergency management

GPS is Critical Tool for Volcano Monitoring http://bigislandnow.com/2016/10/28/gps-is-critical-tool-for-volcano-monitoring/

How Louisiana Turned Disaster Into Dollars http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/louisiana-disaster-recovery-hurricane-katrina-214398

Four Years After Sandy, NYC Businesses Still Need Help With Disaster Readiness https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/four-years-after-sandy-nyc-businesses-still-need-help-with-disaster-readine

Climate adaption is our role as emergency managers http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/emergency-managers-adapting-to-the-impacts-of-climate-change.html?utm_content=buffer96f86&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The ifs and buts of long-term weather forecasting https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/oct/31/ifs-buts-long-term-weather-forecasting-weatherwatch?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Verizon Tests Drone LTE Network in Emergency Drill http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/verizon-tests-drone-lte-network-in-emergency-drill/279750#.WBiQ54ScEPM.twitter

Governor McCrory Moves to Help Protect Consumers from Flooded Vehicle Fraud https://governor.nc.gov/press-release/governor-mccrory-moves-help-protect-consumers-flooded-vehicle-fraud

B.C. announces first step in province-wide earthquake warning system http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-announces-first-step-in-province-wide-earthquake-warning-system-1.3832239?platform=hootsuite

After the storm: building tactical lessons capability http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/after-the-storm-building-tactical-lessons-capability

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tips and advice to prepare your property http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/prepare-your-property/

Emergency WA website publishing real-time WA bushfire information ahead of ‘risky’ fire season http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-23/emergency-services-launch-new-website-ahead-of-bushfire-season/7958164

#FloodAware: check your risk https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/49005-floodaware-check-your-risk

The Resilience Dialogues: Connecting Communities with Scientists and Practitioners https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/10/31/resilience-dialogues-connecting-communities-scientists-and-practitioners

The idea that humans are ephemeral compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/10/aeon-deep-time/505922/

Preparedness for Seniors http://preparesocal.org/red-cross-informed/seniors/

The 1755 Nov.1st Great Lisbon Earthquake: a seismological, historical and cultural landmark http://stephaneonblogger.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/the-1755-nov1st-great-lisbon-earthquake_1.html

Flood of weather warning terms fuels confusion http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/11/01/national-weather-service-watch-warning-advisory-change/93074070/

There is a need to communicate more effectively what climate science says about event attribution http://public.wmo.int/en/resources/bulletin/unnatural-disasters-communicating-linkages-between-extreme-events-and-climate

In AD 365 Crete was hit by an extraordinarily powerful earthquake https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/magazine-extras/Geography%20Review/GeogRev%20Vol%2030%20No%202/GeographyReview30_2Poster.pdf?ext=.pdf

Downloadcenter for statistics on natural catastrophes https://www.munichre.com/en/reinsurance/business/non-life/natcatservice/index.html

A film about flooding, and what we can do now https://thetopofthetree.uk/film/highwater/

Emergency Preparedness Cartoons http://evaq8.co.uk/cartoons.html

Lifelong Learning https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2015/11/lifelong-learning/

Prominent scientists are propagating new versions of the old idea that reality revolves around us https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/the-rise-of-neo-geocentrism/

Environment Agency launches Flood Awareness Campaign https://www.gov.uk/government/news/young-people-leaving-themselves-vulnerable-to-flooding

School bushfire education program draws on research http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2016/school-bushfire-education-program-draws-research

Resilience Ambassadors Program – applications now open https://www.aidr.org.au/projects/resilience-ambassadors-program/

World Tsunami Awareness Day http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/139606-world-tsunami-awareness-day.html

Does history unfold randomly and by chance, or are there underlying patterns and deep connections between its parts? https://aeon.co/essays/how-chance-and-probability-affect-the-path-of-big-history

Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Resilience http://knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk/sites/default/files/FloodGuide_ForHomeowners.pdf

Social media and emergency management

How Facebook is pushing you to be more political http://www.businessinsider.com.au/facebook-politics-election-day-2016-10?r=UK&IR=T

12 strategic steps to help you get the most from social media http://www.local.gov.uk/social-media-strategy

‘Influencers’ feel motivated to share information about an emergency using social media http://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/the-wisdom-of-a-crowd-warnings-of-the-future/

Psychology and disasters

Preparing researchers to manage traumatic research http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2016/09/23/preparing-researchers-to-manage-traumatic-research/#more-10757

Why do people empathise with others? http://pro.psychcentral.com/empathy-the-oxygen-of-civilization/0016355.html#

Fear grips quake-hit communities following Italy’s strongest tremor in decades http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/europe-central-asia/italy/fear-grips-quake-hit-communities-following-italys-strongest-tremor-in-decades-73648/

People Are Oblivious and/or Don’t Care About Disasters http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/people-are-oblivious-and-or-dont-care-about-disasters.html

Can we halt firefighter suicide? http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-chief/articles/138999018-Can-we-halt-firefighter-suicide/

Why does failure cause some people to bounce back even better than before? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201610/8-things-remember-when-you-fail

‘I Will Never Again Live Near Water’ http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/I-will-never-again-live-near-water-Weeks-after-Matthew-Chesapeake-residents-still-seeking-help.html?utm_content=buffer178b0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Social capital and disasters

The community was found to have an innate capacity to persevere and utilize resources to manage and transcend adversity and restore equilibrium https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/disaster-impact-on-impoverished-area-of-us-an-inter-professional-mixed-method-study/8B77F713E69D3A6C95FD597B7C930F25

Local politicians as linking social capital: an empirical test of political behavior after Japan’s 3/11 disasters http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2503-x?view=classic

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NeilDufty

I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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